Tournament News

2015 AZ BJJ State Championship on June 27th & 28th

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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The 2015 AZ BJJ State Championship will take place on June 27th & 28th at the Desert Vista High School, located at 16440 S. 32nd St, Phoenix AZ 85048

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition will offer Kids, Juvenile, Adult, Masters 1, 2 & 3 Divisions (Gi only).

IMPORTANT: Registration will be closed after 350 kids competitors and 450 adult competitors.

GD Jiu-Jitsu Events will be offering FREE tournament T-Shirts to ALL competitors! The winners of each division will receive a 2015 AZ State Champion Patch!

Full information and registration available at www.gdjjevents.com 

3rd Copa Bela – All FEMALE BJJ Tournament and Stand up Seminar

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Copa Bela (All female) Jiu Jitsu Championship and BJJ Stand-Up Seminar

Women’s Jiu Jitsu programs across Arizona and the world have seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As a testament to this we see more female competitors and some of the fastest growing IBJJF divisions.

On the weekend of April 25th/26th 2015, GD JIU JITSU EVENTS will be hosting the 3rd Copa Bela all female Jiu Jitsu tournament in Phoenix, Arizona as well as an all female BJJ Stand-Up seminar.

The tournament will offer FEMALE only divisions (Gi) for Juvenile, Adult and Masters.

The BJJ Stand-Up Seminar will be taught by Sarah Black, a 2nd degree Judo Black Belt and BJJ Brown Belt. Sarah is a BJJ Purple Belt World Champion, Pan Jiu Jitsu Champion, Asia Champion, and a 12 times IBJJF International Open Gold Medalist.

This seminar is FREE to all 2015 Copa Bela Competitors, or $40 for non-competitors ($50 at the door). It’s open to all women 16 years and older.

Please visit www.gdjjevents.com for more details:

Copa Bella Tournament on Saturday, April the 25th, 2015

Location:         Phoenix College, located at 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85013.
Divisions:        FEMALE Juvenile, Adult and Masters (Gi only)
Pricing:            Before Monday April 13th: $70, After Monday April 13th: $80
Deadline:        All registrations must be received by Monday, April 20th by 11:59 pm. 

BJJ Stand-Up Seminar on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (From 2 to 5pm)

Location:         Gracie Arizona, 2109 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85006
Pricing:            FREE to all 2015 Copa Bela Competitors, $40 for non-competitors ($50 at the door)
NOTE:              It’s open to all women 16 years and older.
Non-Competitors can CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

 

3rd Copa Bela (All female tournament) & 7th AZ Kids Cup on April 25th

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The 3rd Copa Bela (All female tournament) and the 7th AZ Kids Cup of BJJ will take place on April 25th at the Phoenix College, located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. Registration available now at www.gdjjevents.com. Sign up now!

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2014 Final School Rankings and MVP Competitors

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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2014 was a competitive year for the Arizona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Community.  Many schools had good years through the four major tournaments: 9th International AZ Open, 6th AZ Kids Cup, 2014 AZ State Championship and the 6th Southwest BJJ Classic, but only five can finish on the podium.

 Adults

1st Place – GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy

2nd Place – Nava BJJ

3rd Place – CTA

4th Place – BJJ Revolution

5th Place – Power MMA

Kids

1st Place – Power MMA

2nd Place – Nava BJJ

3rd Place – Siege MMA/Lotus Club

4th Place – Primero BJJ

5th Place – CTA

Today, we are also announcing the MVP’s of the 2014 Tournament Season. The MVP’s will have their entry fees sponsored by GDJJ Events for the 2015 Tournament Season.

The Kids 2014 Male MVP goes to Xavier Castillo (Siege MMA/Lotus) who won all four tournaments!  Honorable mention goes the runner ups Ben Currance (CTA) and Ian Mowery (GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy), who also won all four tournaments but had a couple less matches than Xavier.

The Kids Female MVP Award goes to Ayden Peterson (Power MMA). Ayden won all four tournaments in 2014!  The runner up goes to Elias Flores (Daimyo BJJ) who also won all four tournaments but again had less matches than Ayden.

The Award for the Adult Male 2014 MVP goes to Nathan Hagberg (GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy), who finished the year with five gold medals in three tournaments.  The runner ups were David Larson (GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy), Horlando Monteiro (GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy) and Javier Diaz (CheckMat/Chute Boxe), who also won his division in all three of the tournaments this year.

The Adult Female Award goes to Gudrun Gunther (CheckMat/ Chute Boxe), who had great year winning four gold medals in three tournaments. The runner up was Jennifer Bann (GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy), who also won all three tournaments of the year.

The end of 2014 sets up the beginning of 2015 and the chase for MVP starts February 21st & 22nd at the 9th AZ International Open! Full info for the 10th AZ International Open at GD Events Website.

Seminar with Alberto Crane in Tucson on 01/24/2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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6th Southwest BJJ Classic on October 25 & 26

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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FULL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WWW.GDJJEVENTS.COM 

2014 AZ BJJ State Championship

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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Full info available at www.gdjjevents.com 

6th AZ Kids Cup on April 26th

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! 

 

The 6th AZ Kids Cup of BJJ will take place on April 26th at the Phoenix College, located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.

 

The 6th Kids Cup will offer Kids (4-15) divisions only.

 

IMPORTANT: Registration will be closed for the 5th AZ Kids Cup after 300 competitors.

 

GD Jiu-Jitsu Events will be offering FREE tournament T-Shirts to ALL competitors!

 

SPECTATOR FEES: Saturday $10

 

Each competitor must fill out the registration form online. The Pre-registration fee $60 until Monday, April 14th. After this date, the registration fee is $70.

 

All registrations must be received by Monday, April 21st by 11:59 pm. No registrations after this date. Registration fees are non-refundable. No exceptions.

 

The brackets will be released before the tournament. On Friday, April 25th, the brackets will be available online at our website.

 

KIDS DIVISION – Every competitor will receive a medal. This is a single elimination tournament, but if the child loses in the semi-final, they will compete again. Top 4 are guaranteed on the podium. Exhibition matches also will be offered.

 

The top 5 schools at the 6th Kids Cup will receive team trophies.

 

PRIZES !!!

Every competitor will receive a raffle ticket* for a chance to win a PS4 or a XBox One.

 

*First raffle will take place at the end of the white belt division and the second raffle at the end of the colored belt divisions.

 

If you have any questions on the 6th Kids Cup please email azkidscup6@registrationsupport.net or call toll free 855-490-8880.

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Top 5 Schools of 2013

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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2013 was a competitive year for the Arizona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Community.  Many schools had good years through the four major tournaments, 8th International AZ Open, 5th AZ Kids Cup & 2nd Copa Bela (Female event), 2013 AZ State Championship, and the 5th Southwest BJJ Classic, but only five can finish on the podium.

Adults

  1. GD Jiu Jitsu
  2. Nava BJJ
  3. Team Megaton
  4. JCBJJ
  5. Ruffhouse

Kids

  1. GD Jiu Jitsu
  2. BJJ Revolution
  3. MWBJJ
  4. Power  MMA
  5. Ruffhouse

 

2013 Awards

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Like many of you, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu plays a large part in my life.  Let me introduce myself, my name is Andrew Gardineer I got into Jiu Jitsu in June 2005 and recently received my Black Belt from Giva Santana of Lotus Club Irvine in December 2013.  I teach and train out of Siege MMA/Lotus Club AZ, I am the Co-owner of Eminence Kimono, owner of Drewjitsu.com, and have Jiu Jitsu intertwined with my everyday life.  When Gustavo Dantes asked me if I wanted to start writing for the AZBJJF I was excited to take on another Jiu Jitsu related project.

2013 was a big year for the Arizona Jiu Jitsu Community that saw the community grow in large numbers and have several successful events from the Arizona State Championships to the Roll for Phillippines event that raised money for the disasters from the Typhoons.  The competition scene was fierce and competitive through the four major tournaments, The 8th AZ International Open, 5th AZ Kids Cup & 2nd Copa Bela (female event),The 2013 Arizona State Championships, and the 5th Southwest Classic, that saw each school jockeying for their position in the results.  Today I am excited to announce the MVP’s of the 2013 Tournament Season, the MVP’s will have their entry fees sponsored by GDJJ Events for the  2014 Tournament Season.

The Kids 2013 Male MVP goes to Brian Xaixasiha (MW BJJ) who won all four tournaments!  Honorable mention goes the runner up Chabre Schumacher (GD Jiu Jitsu Prescott) who also won all four tournaments but had a couple less matches than Brian.  Both young men had a phenominal undefeated year.
The Kids Female MVP Award goes to Breezy Schumacher (GD Jiu Jitsu Prescott), Breezy won all four tournaments in 2013.  The runner up goes to Serena Myers (Carlos Farias Jiu Jitsu) who also won all four tournaments but again had less matches than Breezy.
The Award for the Adult Male 2013 MVP goes to Thomas Keenan (GD Jiu Jitsu Academy) who finished the year with three Gold Medals and two Silver medals.  The runner up goes to Ryan Heilman (GD Jiu Jitsu Academy) who won his division in all three of the tournaments this year.
The Adult Female Award goes to Kayla Reupenny (Gracie Arizona) who had great year winning all four tournaments, and secured an impressive six gold medals and one bronze.
The Masters MVP goes to Joseph Marchie (Yuma BJJ) who won double gold in all three tournaments this year.
The end of 2013 sets up the beginning of 2014 and the chase for MVP starts February 22 & 23rd at the 9th AZ International Open! Full info for the 9th AZ International Open at GD Events Website